Visitors of the state park gathered on Friday to watch the bison and share their enthusiasm for the bisons' new home. "As a Dakota person," spectator Glenn Wasicuna told a local news station, "I feel this is part of my healing process ... bison coming back here."
For the next month, the park plans to keep the bison private until they are more fully integrated into their new home. In October, visitors will be permitted to observe the bison, and at some point next year, a bull will be introduced into the herd, in the hopes of at least partially, restoring the once thriving bison population in America.
Friday marked a joyous day for these 11 bison as they ran toward a new chapter of their lives.
Watch the full video of the bison's first few moments of freedom below.